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Nick Collins' father passes away

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
The father of Green Bay safety Nick Collins died May 16, according to this obituary in the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. William James Collins Jr. had cancer. He was 56 and was buried Saturday.

Here are some additional details from Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Collins has skipped portions of the Packers' offseason program and reportedly did not attend Wednesday's organized team activity at Lambeau Field. Earlier this month, he attributed his absence to an unspecified family issue.

Some reports have also linked Collins' absence to a lack of progress on extending his contract, which expires after this season. Collins, however, denied that connection.

The Packers have another OTA scheduled for Thursday. It's open to the media, and we'll pass along any information that follows.